Surviving the Heat Without Air Conditioning

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

For many of us, taking a nice hot shower is a great way to stay fresh. But if you're one of the folks in Mid-Michigan without air conditioning doctors say a crisp, cool shower might be better. And Dr. Randolph Pearson of Sparrow Hospital says it helps, especially when temperatures are soaring into the mid 90s.

"It's important to stay as cool as long as possible. So if you're in an environment where your heat index is up in the 100 degree range, then you need to get out of that environment."

Instead you may want to go to one of the several cooling centers like Sparrow Hospital or Meijer. But for those who don't want to leave home, there are always portable electric fans. However Dr. Janet Eng of Ingham Regional Medical Center warns people to be careful.

"Obviously if it's high humidity, high heat, you're just circulating hot air that could be a potential problem. You're not really cooling, because you're not getting a good evaporative effect."

One of the best ways to get cool is through evaporative cooling. You simply lay a sheet over you, sprits it with water, and place a fan directly in front of you.

Dr. Pearson says, "If you only have one fan, open the window and allow that fan to draw the air across the area to evaporate it and move it on out."

Still another tip for those living in non-air conditioned homes, eat light, like salads, fruits, and vegetables.

According to Dr. Eng, "Sometimes if you eat the heavier starchier food like the big heavy meals, you just don't feel well."

And as always, drink plenty of fluids. You want to consume at least half a liter an hour, that way you stay safe despite the blistering heat.


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